By Amy Allen
No one loves getting lost when driving somewhere, but it can be incredibly fun and a bonding experience with family and friends when you get lost while walking through a gigantic corn maze together. There’s no better place to experience this than at Vermont’s largest corn maze, Hathaway Farms, located in Rutland Town, VT. The farm and maze is perched atop Prospect Hill, offering one of the most beautiful views of the Green Mountain State.
The maze opens for guests in late July and stays open until mid-October. It’s open from 10 am – 5 pm on weekdays, (every Saturday till 9), is closed Tuesdays, and often remains open on weekends in November and December as long as the weather permits. The business keeps an updated website and Facebook page, so visitors can check in there for updates on hours and weekend openings in the early winter. Saturday evenings are particularly popular with young teens, who enjoy wandering the maze together in the dark using glow sticks and being able to partake in a safe yet independent activity.
The farm isn’t just for show. It’s a third generation working beef and maple farm. The livestock barn is a huge attraction, allowing guests to get up close and personal with donkeys, giant rabbits, sheep, chickens, cows and more. There’s a farm store selling the farm’s own maple syrup and Vermont-made products, as well as a “Snack Shack” that serves food and refreshments for those who work up an appetite while wandering through the tall corn. Additionally, there are wagon rides, pumpkin picking, fun games to play, a corn pit (think ball pit but with kernels of corn) for little kids to play in, play houses, swings, and even a mini-maze that’s more manageable for young kids to solve.
The maze itself is set up according to a different theme each year, with the owners providing an aerial view of the design once the season is over for all to enjoy. Visitors to the maze are given a square of paper after paying their admission fee, and while moving through the corn, they answer trivia questions at different stations with the correct answer providing the proper path forward, and also collect different shaped hole punches on their papers at each station. All eight punch stations are hard to find, but those who manage to punch their paper with every single one get to enter a special raffle drawing upon exiting the maze. Additionally, several tall bridges are located throughout the maze, providing sweeping views of the beautiful surrounding area. Solving the maze is no easy task, but there is an early exit for those who choose to abandon the quest and just enjoy all that the farm has to offer.
Spending a few hours at Hathaway Farm and Corn Maze means outdoor fun for the entire family in a beautiful setting! This is a don’t miss attraction in the Rutland area!
For more information, visit https://www.hathawayfarm.com/